1921-22 – “AFRICAN GUIDEBOOKS -PART 10 – MINERALS.”
If “The Crown” reserved all “metals, ore, and mineral oils,” just how could someone strike it rich mining in 1920’s Kenya?
The Mining Ordinance and Regulations for the Kenya Colony were laid down in 1912 and revised in January 1913 and reported in The South and East African Yearbook and Guide for 1922. It cost 5 florins a year to gain a prospector’s license which gave “the right to peg out one claim per licence (sic) held. Discoveries must be reported within seven days,” (no mean feat considering it might take a few days just to reach a rail head and hope that the telegraph system was operating.) But one shouldn’t take too long to report the discovery because “Claims remaining unworked for more than 28 days are deemed to be abandoned.”
And if you found something? The Governor might grant a lease of 20 acres for gold or precious stones for 42 years at 1 florin per acre. That required either “constant personal labour or of maintaining 1 European per 5 acres constantly employed.” And the government took its share of the work, too. “Any workings established on a payable basis must furnish accounts to the Government. Royalties are fixed by the Governor but must not exceed 10 per cent. of the net profits, except in the case of precious stones.”
So possibly the easiest way to strike it rich was by finding various dupes, willing to invest their own capital in a mining scheme.
Hence the plot of Jade del Cameron’s next mystery/adventure: The Crocodile’s Last Embrace (Sept. 7, 2010).
Next week: What the Mining Manual says about Mining laws
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NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, and The Leopard’s Prey, all available in trade paperback. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH is available in hardcover. THE CROCODILE’S LAST EMBRACE will be released Sept. 7, 2010. An excerpt and information on ordering signed copies is available at the website: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda